NY Food Truck Lunch: Mac & Cheese From The Mac Truck
Perry, the voice behind New York Street Food, brings you his latest review on New York City food trucks.
In what seems like a weekly occurrence, another new food truck recently hit the NYC streets. This one is called the Mac Truck, and serves one of the ultimate comfort foods: macaroni & cheese.
As is the case with many food trucks these days, the menu is customizable for each customer. A basic mac & cheese is $6, and you pick and choose the toppings you want at no extra charge. The only topping that costs extra is a poached egg, for $1 more.
A poached egg on top a bowl of mac & cheese – sounds great to us! Who cares if a good name for this dish would be the Instant Heart Attack. At least we’ll die full and happy.
To finish off the dish, we got toasted bread crumbs and extra cheese sauce (yeah!). If you’re gonna go for it, then go for it! Don’t go halfway.
Digging into the bowl, we broke open the poached egg and let it run into the mac & cheese. Whoever came up with the idea of a poached egg on mac & cheese is brilliant! They should get a MacArthur Genius Grant for that one.
Going in a little deeper, it became apparent this wasn’t your mother’s mac & cheese. Sure it was creamy, but there was a deeper, earthier, tangy flavor infusing the sauce.
Trying to get to the bottom of the mystery, we went back and asked what was in the sauce. They told us it was made with a mix of American cheese, cheddar cheese and cream cheese, but instead of using cream or bechamel as a base, they use beer.
Ahhh, that’s what gave the sauce an interesting flavor – beer!
As for the macaroni, it was a little on the al dente side, which is fine with us. We hate mushy, overcooked mac & cheese. Not a problem here.
In addition to the customizable menu, there is also a daily special, which was pulled pork when we went.
They also have fried mac & cheese bites if you like your mac & cheese breaded & fried. Wonder if we can get fried mac & cheese bites with extra sauce?